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Q. We’re in our late 50s, the kids are out of the house and we want to fix it up, add a den and porch to live in it for at least 20 to 30 years more if we can. The house is paid for and . . . more
Q. We renovated in 2005, and the new kitchen/breakfast room got brick that was a good match with the rest of the house. Now, however, the brick has long cracks running up and down near the corners and white, chalky stains everywhere . . . more
Q. We interviewed three contractors and three architects after recently buying our home. We think we have the right people selected, but wonder why only one architect mentioned energy requirements. more
Q. We interviewed three contractors and three architects after recently buying our home. We think we have the right people selected, but wonder why only one architect mentioned energy requirements. more
Q. While doing plans for a kitchen/family room addition, we learned that our basement also needed a permit. Even though the basement bedroom was finished before we bought, we were told it wasn’t permitted, which we find hard to understand. more
Q. In your last column you referred to walls that weren’t nailed together correctly, but I didn’t understand what was supposed to be done to avoid cracks in the walls. Is there a particular way that it’s done . . . more
Q. What do I look for when choosing a contractor? People keep telling me they were satisfied, but their job seemed to never end, or the start was good but the finish was a problem, etc. more
Q. I want to know what to do about my porch now that we’re selling the house. We changed it from a screened porch to a year-round sunroom (though it’s not heated) about 15 years ago, and thought it was no problem. more
Q. We’ve never renovated a home before, and we’re wondering what to expect each of the people we might hire to be able to do for us. For example, do we need an engineer if we hire an architect . . .? more
Q. We just bought an old house and started to fix it up so we can move in. It needs a lot of work, like insulation, the walls have cracks and some need to be taken down, all the plumbing, tile — it’s a long list. more
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